There’s a special pride that comes from knowing that you can take care of your own vehicle. Simply owning your own car or truck gives you the ability to get where you need to be but knowing how to keep your vehicle running even when problems occur gives you even more freedom. These days it can feel a little daunting to look under the hood of your car, as vehicle technology advances it becomes more and more difficult to maintain and replace parts on your vehicle, but at the same time there are still plenty of things you can do to keep your vehicle running if you have a home garage.
Whether you had a parent who showed you how to take care of a car or if you are just now getting interested in the idea if you want to go about it the right way you need to have a properly equipped home garage. That means having a work space, tools and safety supplies. To get you started we will look at these different categories so you can start creating a list of things you might want to buy to get started with your own home garage.
The first thing you need to look at is where you are actually going to be doing your work. The type of garage you can build will depend on what sort of space you have. If you have an actual garage with plenty of extra space then there are going to be few limits to what you can do, but if you live in an apartment building and your garage is going to be little more than a toolbox in your closet and your parking spot outside then you are going to have to be a little more creative about these things.
Ideally you want to have someplace that is spacious, well lit and able to handle a mess. You want to have lots of space because cars are big and you want to have full range of motion so you can operate the tools safely and properly. The space should be well lit because working in the dark can be annoying and dangerous. Cars get messy, especially when you are poking around their insides, so work in a space that you don’t mind getting dirty since things like oil leaks are bound to happen.
Once you have the space consider outfitting it. A workbench is always a good idea, and you are going to need some sort of toolbox to hold your equipment. Other additions include lights and flooring that can handle the work you’re going to be doing on it.
Depending on how handy you are you may already have a few tools hanging around your home but if you want to get the job done right you need to have the proper tools for garage. You might have a hammer and screwdriver to take care of small projects around the house but you’re going to need more specialized tools if you want to take care of an automobile.
Some tools you should have include a vise grip, ack, multi-meter, ratchet and sockets. If you want to start sheep you can get the hand powered versions of different tools but the more serious you are the more power to as you are going to want to get. To start out consider looking for starter kits that come with the basic tools you need all in one place.
As much fun as you might have in your driving a vehicle or working on it it is important to remember that they are not toys, they are heavy pieces of machinery that can be very dangerous if treated improperly. You always need to respect the work you are doing and plan accordingly, which is why you need to have your garage properly stocked with necessary safety equipment.
The type of safety equipment you should shop for depends on the type of work you’re going to do. A small pair of plastic safety goggles is fine for most jobs but if you’re going to be doing welding then you will need a full mask to protect your entire face. Things like safety gloves, fire extinguishers and facemasks to prevent inhaling anything dangerous are things to keep around no matter what sort of work you going to be doing in your garage. And no matter how hard you try accident still may have been so keep this first aid kit on hand so you can quickly treat any injuries that might happen.
The Right Tools For The Job
If you are able to get yourself a garage that has the right workspace, tools and safety equipment them in a whole new world of projects will open up to you. Ultimately though you’re going to need to be on the lookout for the specific supplies necessary for any job you have in mind. That’s why it’s important to know about local or online auto supply stores you can turn to.
At OakleyNAPA we have a wide variety of tools, auto parts and accessories so you can keep building your garage. You might start out with a few models of oil and wiper fluid and end up with the custom engine that you’re working on to help your car reach new speeds, whatever you are working on we’ve either got it in stock or we can order it in.
Car ownership should be a journey and having your own garage will allow you to reach destinations you only dreamed of before. And the great thing is that you don’t need to have thousands of dollars worth of equipment to start off on your journey, front or hundred dollars you can start buying the tools and supplies you need today to achieve your dreams tomorrow.
OakleyNAPA is an independently operated dealer of NAPA, heavy duty and small engine equipment, parts and supplies. In addition to NAPA’s standard automotive parts, we have much to offer agricultural, heavy duty and industrial customers. We carry products from independent companies, like Trux Accessories‘ lighting and chrome parts for trucks, PAI Industries’catalog and Mahindra tractor parts. OakleyNAPA also carries Gates hoses and Martin Senour paint, making us a one-stop shop for your needs.
We have several trained mechanics on staff to work on any problems you may encounter, from warranty issues to routine maintenance, and carry parts for most yard equipment, including tillers, mowers and chainsaws.
We serve the following Lauderdale County, AL communities, but not limited to:
- St. Florian
- Zip City
Please give us a call today at 256-764-9899, come by and see us at 4990 Highway 157, Florence, Alabama, or fill out our online contact form. Be sure to check out directions to our store. You can also follow us on Facebook. All of us at OakelyNAPA look forward to serving you!